Load ‘em up. Move ‘em out.

It’s time to say goodbye to the Confederacy, folks.

Yes, our city embraced the Confederate cause after the Civil War. But, we no longer need these statues which are reminders of the lost cause.

We are a changed city, a city with an international base now.

These monuments have no business in front of our main library or in the heart of a vibrant, diverse neighborhood.

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But, I say this to the mayor: Don’t store them. History needs to be on display, not hidden.

I see no harm in removing the two statues with Confederate ties in Louisville and putting them at Cave Hill Cemetery with their descendants.

George Prentice is the wrong choice for the front of our main library, of all places! Wrong then, wrong now.

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The man did not like Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He was a newspaper publisher who wrote pro-slavery editorials. He also didn’t like foreigners or Catholics, and let them know it in his editorials.

It’s believed his writings helped incite Bloody Monday in Louisville, the riots on August 6, 1855, that killed 22 Irish, German and Catholic immigrants.

Really? Prentice at the library? Move him!

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But don’t hide him.

And then there’s John Castleman. Some say the argument over him is complicated, but I don’t buy it. He wanted it both ways.

He fought for the Confederacy, then the U.S. ARMY.

He did help create Cherokee park, but then he worked to keep it and others all white--no blacks allowed. Castleman put them in their own parks.

In 1918, the Courier-Journal reported that Castleman’s dying wish was to have his casket draped with an American and Confederate flag.

Move him, but don't put this relic of history in storage.

We have a bad track record of storing history with promises: they’ll come back out somewhere else.

Remember the façade of the original Louisville Water Company? Where is it? Still in storage.

If we really want to celebrate the creation of our Olmsted parks, why not a statue where Castleman stands, that does just that.

I'm with you who say history does remind us of our past sins.

But if I want to find the Confederacy in Louisville, I'll find it in a graveyard, where history put it.

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